It's been a very busy last day or so with the roll-out of the Hugo Awards Logo Contest. And, as is the nature of such things, it's not possible to do anything without someone criticizing you. John Scalzi very generously mentioned the Logo Contest on his blog, and in the comments, we've been denigrated for not hiring a professional designer to do the work and for victimizing poor innocent graphic designers by making them do work "on spec," which is unethical, I guess. And when I made a parallel between what WSFS is doing here and the RFPs to which my company responds (and on which I spend many hundreds of hours a year working, and which are not as cookie-cutter as he seems to think they are), my work as a database programmer and supply chain model designer was effectively denigrated as not being "actual work," such as what a Real Graphic Artist does. Yes, I Are Insulted.
I'm trying desperately to keep up with my real job as well as the Hugo Contest correspondence and also get ready to leave in about three hours to head to Oakland airport to fly to Seattle for Norwescon.